Museum of Applied Arts

Another landmark you’ll come across in Budapest is the Museum of Applied Arts (Magyar Iparművészeti Múzeum). The museum was established in 1872, as the third of its kind in Europe, after London and Vienna. Applied arts is defined as objects that have been used in everyday life with special design and aesthetics.The exhibition contains museum pieces of various genres, including lace, leather chests, bookbinding, and jewellery.

It is not just the exhibits but also the architectural splendours of the museum which make it such a pleasure to visit. The Art Nouveau building construction began in 1893 by Ödön Lechner and Gyula Partos and opened by Emperor Franz Josheph in 1896, as part of the Millennium Celebrations.The architecture is worth the time alone with the striking colourful Zsolnay tiles on the outside roof tiles and its centrally-protruding tower housing the main entrance.

Between WWI and WWII, the museum performed little transactions. Although, it received several donations, such as that of Imre Schwaiger, Hungarian art vendor in Deli, by socialist countries and by other private collectors. The permanent exhibition is called “Collectors and Treasures” and it presents the people to whom the collections once belonged, and tells the story how the objects ended up in the Museum of Applied Arts.

Today the museum has over 20,000 objects and a library that has over 22,000 volumes to provide the researchers with sufficient material.The rich permanent collection are divided into the furniture, textiles, goldsmiths’ artworks, ceramics and glassware collections; another section covers the minor collections. Temporary exhibitions are also available and range from 16th century costumes to contemporary design items.

Opening hours:
Tuesday-Sunday: 10.00-18.00
Monday: closed

Admission fee: 
2300 HUF adult
1150 HUF student

Getting there:
Take the Subway (M3) or tram 4 or 6 to Corvin stop.

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